"Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory (1959-67)" Top 5 Page for this destination Milwaukee Things to Do Tip by yooperprof

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  welcome to the future - circa 1964
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Designed in the 1960s by local Milwaukee artchitect Donald Grieb, the Mitchell Park Conservatory is a local landmark. Very interesting for the way that it perfectly represents a style of design that could be called "Jetson-esque" - after the beloved cartoon series set in an impossibly advanced space-based civilization of the 21st century.

The geodesic domes at Mitchell Park were inspired by the designs of Buckminster Fuller, designer and futurologist active in twentieth century America. Fuller believed that there was something nearly spiritual in "reconciling" triangular wedges in a spherical dome.

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  • Updated Mar 2, 2007
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